N.Y.C. Education Leaders Pledge Special Attention to English-Learners

The 1.1 million-student school system has struggled to move the needle on improving academic achievement and graduation rates for its 160,000 English-learners.


Big-City Districts Delve Into Common-Core Teaching for English-Learners

The Washington-based Council of the Great City Schools is also spearheading a project to upgrade common-core-aligned instructional materials for English-learners.


Charter Schools Helping Tribes Revive Fading Native Languages

A tribal language-reclamation project in Massachusetts is seeking approval from state education officials to open a language-immersion charter school on Cape Cod.


Most Americans Favor Reuniting Young Migrants With Family in U.S., Poll Finds

While a majority of Americans support reuniting unaccompanied minors with their family members living in the U.S., the idea of allowing the undocumented children and youth to attend public schools is not as popular.


California Lawmakers Approve Measure to Repeal Limits on Bilingual Education

Gov. Jerry Brown must now decide whether to sign a bill that would allow voters to reconsider a 16-year-old law that all but eliminated bilingual education in public schools.


Florida Officials Will Fight Feds Over Testing of English-Language Learners

The governor and two education officials say they are requesting the U.S. Department of Education reverse its decision that Florida must include test results for the newest English-learners in its accountability system.


One Unaccompanied Minor's Story: 12-Year-Old David From Honduras

David is one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who have arrived in the United State since last fall, bringing traumatic experiences, harsh memories, and hopes for a chance to stay permanently.


ELLs to Keep Increasing as K-12 Schools Cross 'Majority-Minority' Threshold

The 2014-15 year is projected to be the first in which white students will no longer be the majority in K-12 public schools, and as public schools grow more diverse, the number of second-language learner is expected to keep rising.


Florida Unlikely to Change ELL Testing Policy, Despite Ed. Dept. Objections

The U.S. Department of Education approved a one-year extension of Florida's waiver from No Child Left Behind even though a new state law on testing English-learners is in conflict with federal law.


At Behest of Feds, Michigan District Agrees to Improve Services for ELLs

The Crestwood school district, which serves a large population of Arab-American students, has agreed to hire more bilingual staff members, improve language instruction, and better communicate with parents who do not speak English.


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